Social Sciences Book Reviews

CONFESSIONS OF AN OLD MAN by Munir Moon
Released: June 15, 2018

"An inspiring, provocative encouragement to younger generations to exercise political clout."
A spirited critique of American politicians' treatment of younger generations, and a plan of action for youth empowerment. Read full book review >
Released: June 5, 2018

"A momentous work of sociological and civil rights history."
A history of the 1973 events that set a club in New Orleans—and the gay community—on fire. Read full book review >

UNBOUND by Arlene Stein
Released: June 5, 2018

"A stellar exploration of the complexities and limitations of gender."
A new sociological study on transgender individuals and their experience transitioning. Read full book review >
Released: June 5, 2018

"An intense, riveting report on a public health crisis and a network of heroes on the front lines."
A chilling update on the most drug-ravaged sectors of North America. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 5, 2018

"An eloquent response to an urgent—and still-unresolved—dilemma."
A social and political analyst reflects on racial tensions in contemporary America. Read full book review >

Released: June 1, 2018

"A thoroughly enchanting tour of big questions, oddball ideas, and dazzling accomplishments of researchers searching to explain, manipulate, and alter inheritance."
A fascinating journey through the history of heredity Read full book review >
AMERICAN DISCONTENT by John L. Campbell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2018

"Free of fake news, a smart, engaging road map regarding 'what happened.'"
Accessible analysis of the social trends that prefaced the shock to democracy of Donald Trump's electoral victory. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2018

"Timely, smart, and stimulating; should provoke a re-evaluation of brand marketing strategy."
Horst, a Fortune 500 chief marketing officer, addresses the marketing challenges posed by a fractious political climate. Read full book review >
NO ASHES IN THE FIRE by Darnell L. Moore
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 29, 2018

"An engaging meditation on identity and creativity within challenging settings."
Affecting memoir that looks back on surviving a hardscrabble childhood and learning to thrive as a queer black man. Read full book review >
Released: May 29, 2018

"A solid, highly useful owner's manual for a leaky internet—and a damaged democracy."
Even paranoiacs have enemies—especially, as this pointed treatise has it, when they post on social media. Read full book review >
POPS by Michael Chabon
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 22, 2018

"Even when he's driving at cruising speed, Chabon takes his readers for an enjoyable ride."
A compact collection of thematically linked essays, perfectly timed for Father's Day. Read full book review >
HARVEY MILK by Lillian Faderman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 22, 2018

"Harvey Milk as seen through fresh, highly knowledgeable eyes."
A new biography of the controversial and groundbreaking Harvey Milk (1930-1978). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >